Some HGV driver vacancies will never be filled. This is according to a report by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), which says that 15% of current driver roles are set to stay empty.
The FTA’s 2019 Logistics report questioned more than 500 freight and logistics organisations that revealed they did not expect to fill 15% of current vacancies, and anticipated delays in filling a further 36%.
Sally Gilson, head of skills campaigns at the FTA, said: “An ageing workforce, competition for skilled staff, and shifting migration patterns […] mean we are facing serious challenges in the recruitment and retention of labour for key logistics roles.”
She also pointed out that “the average age of a HGV driver is 48 years.”
The logistics sector is the lifeblood of a nation’s economy. Time will tell what impact the driver shortage will have on our economies.